Deepawali, the Festival of Lights, is a 5 day Hindu festival which occurs on the fifteenth day of Hindu Calendar month of Kartika. Deepawali when translated means “rows of lighted lamps” and the occasion is also referred to as the Festival of Lights.
During Deepawali, homes are cleaned and windows are opened to welcome Shree Lakshmi, the Divine Deity of Wealth & Prosperity. Lamps, lights and candles are lit as a greeting to Mata Lakshmi. Gifts & Sweet Prasad are exchanged, and festive meals are prepared during Deepawali. Because there are many beliefs and regions in India ie Bharat, there are myriad manifestations of the Deepawali festival.
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Jai Shree Rama all Priya Bandhu Hindus of the world.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (UK) is proud to have been a part of one of the most ennobling historical events for Hindus in the last two millenia, that of the Restoration of Ramjanmabhoomi where a glorious Mandir is to be consecrated in dedication of their most Revered and Premier Deity, Bhagwan Shree Rama, at His original Birthplace in Ayodhya.
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SRI RAM MANDIR BHOOMI POOJAN AYODHYA , WED 5 AUG 2020
HISTORIC DAY FOR 1 BILLION HINDUS
An historic and auspicious ‘Bhoomipoojan ceremony’ for the grand Sri Ram Mandir at the Ramjanmasthan (birthplace) will take place at Ayodhya on Wednesday 5th August 2020. Hon Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji will do the pooja in the presence of revered swamis, dharmacharyas and other prominent personalities. This is a day to rejoice and celebrate as it fulfils aspirations of one billion Hindus around the world. It is a culmination of centuries of struggle, battles and various campaigns by the Hindu society. Thousands of Hindus sacrificed their lives for the mandir. It is also a day to remember and pay tribute to those sacrifices.
The whole of Ayodhya City is magnificently decorated. The sacred water and soil from all the major rivers and religious places from Bharat will be used during the bhoomipoojan ceremony. The Mandir will surely be a glorious center of Samajik Samrasta ( social harmony ), national integration and Hindutva Jagaran ( Hindu awareness ) for eternity. The ceremony will be broadcast live in most major Indian TV Channels ( 7am to 8am BST).
To mark this historic event and join in the celebrations, we request you to do any or all of the following with family on Wednesday 5 August 2020.
- Light a diya at the photo/murti of Sri Ram or Istadevata and recite Ram stuti or vijay mantra “Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram”.
- Decorate appropriate place in the house with rangoli and light diya in the evening.
- Explain the young ones in the family the history of Ram Janmabhoomi and why this day is so historic for Hindus. Greet friends with “Jai Sri Ram” on this day.
- Join online Ram Bhajan Sandhya to be performed by Dr Vijay Rajput a distinguished Hindustani Classical Singer from 3pm to 4pm (BST) on FaceBook link https://www.facebook.com/VHP-UK-Manchester-102431154862315/
Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: Last Rite Services
The World is facing unprecedented times due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outrage inflicted upon humanity.
As a result of this it is expected that there will be an unusually high number of unwarranted deaths, including that of Hindus.
Services to perform the Last Rites will be stretched and families will be under severe strain to contain their grief as well as to give their beloved departed family members the sacred Last Rites required according to Hindu Dharma.
Under such difficult times, Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK (World Council of Hindus) is offering its Last Rite Services to those who wish to avail themselves, with all humility and dignity. Acknowledging there are diverse Hindu beliefs, VHP offers a Minimum Common scriptural text that satisfies Hindu Funeral Rites.
The VHP UK (Yorkshire) has published a booklet (please insert the link ) called Hindu Funeral Rites in Conjunction with the Bradford Metropolitan Council Community Enterprise Section to enable anyone who wishes to avail themselves of this publication.
The service offered by VHP UK is in keeping with the Selfless Service offered as one of the pillars of Hindu Dharma, SEWA. It is an honorary service performed with Humility and Dignity
OM Shanti Shanti Shantih.
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The Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK strongly condemns the shootings in New Zealand mosques as act of pure evil.
A tragedy not just for victims and their families but of our times. In a world of plenty, and opportunity, closed ideologies which remove plurality cause such senseless violence.
While people are entitled to challenge doctrines in any faith that they do not agree with and while free speech is an important tenant of liberal democracies, the line must always be drawn at violent reprisal. Violence is never a solution.
We express our heartfelt solidarity with the victims’ families and with all who are mourning for their loved ones and their devastating loss.
We all now need to show that we are capable of transcending fear, hate and violence to move to unite and respect all faiths.
Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti.
14th February 2019
On behalf of VHP (UK), we would like to offer our prayers for eternal peace and sadgati to the 45 CRPF jawans who lost their lives tragically and in unnecessary circumstances as a result of the suicide attack in Pulwana district of Kashmir, India. We also pray that those who were injured, recover fully and quickly.
We offer our heartfelt and sincere condolences to the bereaved families and pray that Parmeshwar gives them strength and resilience to bear this tremendous and calamitous loss with dignity and fortitude.
As British Hindus with strong links and connection of our members with India, we strongly condemn this cowardly and brutal attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed, a terrorist organisation.
It is well reported that this organisation is based in Pakistan and therefore, we urge the British Government and British Parliamentarians to place unreserved pressure upon the Pakistani Government to bring about a radical change and swift eradication of all terrorist bases operating from their country. In addition, we urge that such pressure is made to bear, at those financing, colluding and aiding terrorist activity against India and its citizens.
Accordingly, we urge global leaders on behalf of their respective countries, to stand in solidarity at this time and echo the sentiments above, by way of doing whatever they can in stopping international terrorism.
In mark of remembrance, all our centres nationally will be offering prayers and condolences this weekend.
Diwali on Trafalgar Square (DOTS) is brought to you every year by The Mayor of London, with the Diwali in London Committee (DIL) as organising partner. The DIL Committee currently comprises of several organisations working together in harmony. Below is a brief overview of each member organisation of DIL and also weblinks to their websites. Note DIL is not responsible for the websites of its member organisations.
This year we are priviledged to have our VHP Ilford Branch heading the team organising the Diwali in London event at Trafalgar Square.
Find out more here: http://www.diwaliinlondon.com/about-dil/
” The President and Trustees of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK, (VHP UK) strongly condemn the cowardly attack, on the 22 March 2017, which killed and injured innocent people while targeting the very heart of our democracy in Westminster. The attack has shocked and saddened not just our community, but communities world-wide.
The prayers and thoughts of the all Hindu community are with those who have died or have been injured, their families and friends, our brave Police, Security and Emergency Services who put their lives on the front line to protect us and the NHS staff who are still heroically working to save those who have been attacked and injured.
Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family of PC Keith Palmer, and all the other 3 victims who lost their lives in the incident yesterday.
We continue to keep them all in our thoughts and prayers.
We fully support all the services, the PM Hon T May and the Government in fighting terrorism. ”
Honarary Secretary, VHP UK
H E Sylvie Bermann
Ambassador of France to the UK
18 November, 2015
On behalf of our organisation – Vishwa Hindu Parishad (UK) / the World Council of Hindus, I wish to offer our condolences to the people of France at the massive carnage your country suffered a few days ago in Paris.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families that have been bereaved, as well as with the families of those who have suffered injuries in this barbaric attack last Friday.
We denounce unreservedly and unequivocally all acts of violence, and in particular of terrorism. In saying this and in offering our moral support to your people in their desire to uphold the values of democracy, secularism and freedom of expression, I know that I speak for all who belong to the Hindu faith.
Hoping for return of peaceful conditions,
Dr Girdari Bhan
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (UK)
(Charity registered in the UK)